So the GOP feels that they need help connecting with women. They're not alone. So do women -- and in a very big way.
A majority of Americans -- especially female ones -- think the Republican Party is out of touch with women, according to a poll released Friday by CNN/ORC.
Fifty-five percent of Americans, including 59 percent of women, say the GOP generally does not understand the problems and concerns of women.
That amazing set of numbers should send off some alarm bells. You bet. The RNC Chairman Reince Preibus, has heard them, loud and clear. He's been organizing sensitivity training for his 92% male GOP national office holders -- of course this is all voluntary. It's only if they need it. And if you ask any Republican in either house of congress, they don't need it. They already are sensitive to women's issues. Funny how the Republican track record doesn't quite reflect that though.
Can't you tell? Maybe looking at this chart will prove that point -- not!
Total Senate 100 (53D, 45R, 2I) Women 20 (16D, 4R) Total House 435 (201D, 234R) Women 78 (59D, 19R), plus 3 (3D) Delegates
The Democrats have three times more female representatives in the House and four times as many in the Senate. If women are more than half the total US population, isn't it clear there's a political disconnect between parties?
Here are some of the reasons women voters are staying away from the misogynists party. The GOP has stopped the Paycheck Fairness Act which would mandate that women and men doing the same job and with the same seniority get paid the same amount.
The GOP has pushed through a bill that makes it a fire-able offence to inquire or discuss one's pay rate at work. In other words, they don't want workers to know what their equals are getting so they can report underpayments or make inquiries about their remuneration.
Oh, and how about the GOP "inserting" themselves between female patients and their doctors, forcing transvaginal ultrasounds, unnecessary procedures relating to abortion, and closing down or making access to abortion clinics nearly impossible in those states that still have any?
Let's not forget that the Republicans in the House are against raising the minimum wage. That's actually another gender issue as women are 47% more likely to hold a job that pays minimum wage than men according to The Week.com.
Did I forget the voting restrictions they're instituting in Republican-led states now requiring two forms of ID? Most women in this country change their last names to their husband's when they marry. Many times this results in a birth certificate with one last name, and a driver's license with another. Because of this discrepancy, despite having been allowed to vote for 20 or 30 years at the same polling site, women must now file a conditional ballot -- oftentimes not even counted after the polls close. Don't believe me? Ask Wendy Davis, a high profile, sitting Texas state senator who had to file a provisional ballot and face a possible recall to the polls two days later to prove she's really who she says she is.
The GOP has a funny way to entice female voters. It's like spousal abuse. They beat the shit out of them, treat them worse than dogs, then threaten to retaliate against them if they don't follow their orders. The fact that they have any female constituency in the Elephant Party is quite amazing. When you have to offer sensitivity lessons to your elected membership, you're definitely admitting you're doing something wrong.
Look at what the GOP's other majordomo has to say about the connection gap between his party and women: